Arrow: Season 3 Episode 5 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Arrow: Season 3 Episode 5 Reviews

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Constance Gibbs
The Nerds of Color
April 7, 2020

Arrow just keeps knocking it out of the park this season! This is the second Oliver-light episode of the season and it hits just as strong as a typical Ollie-centric episode does.

Kyle Anderson
August 8, 2018

t's not a particularly action-heavy episode, but it makes up for it with mortification, tears, bad memories, and stupid villains.

Jesse Schedeen
IGN Movies
August 7, 2018

"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" was an enjoyable episode of Arrow, but not quite the return to form the show needs after last week's disappointment.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Chancellor Agard
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
August 7, 2018

Can we all take a moment of silence in honor of Emily Bett Rickards for absolutely killing it in the first Felicity-centric episode?

Esther Inglis-Arkell
August 7, 2018

"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak," gives us a technically perfect superhero origin story. It's so beautiful, so elegant, that I want to enter it in the Superhero Origin Story Olympics.

Morgan Jeffery
Digital Spy
August 7, 2018

As much as I always enjoy it, it's great to see Rickards afforded the chance to branch out beyond her awkward, adorable geek shtick.

Alan Sepinwall
Top Critic
August 6, 2018

That the bad guy was going to be Cooper was pretty well telegraphed, but Rickards still played it well, and Felicity getting to beat up the villain herself... was awfully satisfying.

Matt Webb Mitovich
TV Line
August 6, 2018

The big "twist" (and I use quotes, because I have to assume it's some sort of gaslighting/brainwashing ploy) comes in the final scene.

Mike Cecchini
Den of Geek
August 6, 2018

What we got was a fun, charming episode of Arrow that still managed to not feel too lightweight.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Carissa Pavlica
TV Fanatic
August 6, 2018

The takeaway from the hour? Donna Smoak must move to Starling City as soon as possible. She's a vision, a delight and adds so much to Felicity that has been missing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.7/5
Dave Trumbore
August 3, 2018

So it was a nice, fun, diversionary episode ... and then the ending scene hits from out of nowhere.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Buxton
August 3, 2018

The episode takes a character that could have been a one-off joke and turned her into a three-dimensional figure whose great power was her ability to raise a good daughter.

Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine
August 3, 2018

"The Secret Origin Of Felicity Smoak" proves to be a bit of a bait and switch.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Fitzpatrick
August 2, 2018

The nice thing about getting to explore Felicity's origins beyond what we've heard in exposition, was to see that the character always had something of a heroically badass streak.

Mark Rozeman
Paste Magazine
August 2, 2018

The writers manage to make a Felicity-heavy installment without it feeling like blatant fan pandering... If it weren't obvious already, this entry makes it clear that Felicity is one of the best characters on TV.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
Alasdair Wilkins
AV Club
Top Critic
August 2, 2018

"The Secret Origin Of Felicity Smoak" is another strong entry for the season, mostly because it remains so difficult to resist the charms of a Felicity-centric episode.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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